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Perfect Dental Smile, Ltd. | Night Guards in West Ridge Chicago

Perfect Dental Smile


Dr. Basim Shakir, DDS, PhD

Doctorate of Oral Medicine

Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry DDS, PhD FAGD, FICOI.MICOI

Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists

Mastership of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists

Former professor at Northwestern University

Former Embassador at National Health Services Corp. 

General, Cosmetic, and Dental Implant Dentistry

2545 W. Peterson Ave.   773-561-2808
6017 W. Cermak Rd.      708-652-8466

Night Guards

Monday:        10am-3pm
Tuesday:       10am-4:30pm
Wednesday: 10am-3pm
Thursday:     10am-3pm
Friday:          10am-3pm
Saturday:      10am-4:30pm
Sunday:          closed

 
Perfect Dental Smile, Ltd. in West Ridge Chicago IL

Many people are afflicted with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but it is a larger problem at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate your gums. The noise from teeth grinding can also disturb your spouse's sleep if loud enough.

If you grind your teeth you should consider a night guard. The night guard, which is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and have the night guard created by a dental lab. Night guards are very durable and can be used for up to 10 years.

There are also some things that you can do to try to stop teeth grinding. You can train your jaw to be free and easy rather than clenched. Refrain from chewing gum or on other objects like pens. You should also avoid alcoholic drinks and drinks with caffeine, as these can increase the likelihood you will grind your teeth. If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth at night set up an appointment with us today.